The countdown to the Tour of Britain is gathering pace and we’ve had the full line-up of teams confirmed. With a strong British showing and the who’s who of UCI WorldTour teams set to go head to head in September, we’re looking forward to the roll out more and more every day.
UCI ProContinental team ONE Pro Cycling will be one of seven teams flying the flag for Great Britain. JLT Condor, Madison Genesis and NFTO – who secured the three remaining spaces for British UCI Continental teams late last month – will join the Great Britain national team, Team Sky and Team Wiggins to round off the British line-up.
It’s Allez Wiggo for Team Wiggins, whose place in this year’s event was secured thanks to being the highest placed domestic team in 2015, when Welsh wonder Owain Doull finished third overall. Who knows, we might even see a certain stage-race-loving Sir make an appearance.
We’ve got high hopes for home-grown talent Hugh Carthy, with climbs aplenty in the race profile. The Caja Rural - Seguros RGA rider looks a good bet to lap-up the hill-heavy Stages Four and Five in particular if he’s on the start list.
The race to qualify began back in April at the Rutland-Melton International CiCLE Classic, ending in July with the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic. That was won by Etixx-Quick-Step’s Tom Boonen, but it was the efforts of Madison Genesis that really kept us watching Not only did Matthew Holmes look very much at home in the lead group, a spectacular finish in the bunch sprint saw Tobyn Horton finish as the highest ranked Brit in eighth place.
We saw Madison Genesis, JLT Condor and NFTO in action back at the Pearl Izumi Tour Series, the fifth point-scoring event for domestic teams to qualify for the Tour of Britain. Ten rounds of impressive criterium racing later, it was the dominant Men in Black who took top place, with Madison Genesis finishing a close second and NFTO in fifth.
As the UK’s highest-ranked cycle race, the Tour of Britain really is in a league of its own. Riders will need to work together, deliver outstanding performances day after day staying competitive and make those much talked about marginal gains over the eight days of racing.
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